The world is in the grips of a Coronavirus epidemic and Nice confirms their first case- will Cannes 2020 Film Festival be cancelled?

Celebrities pose for pictures on the red carpet at last years 72nd Cannes Film Festival

As the coronavirus continues to spread across Europe, the Cannes Film Festival has issued a statement hoping to settle down fears over the outbreak canceling the upcoming 2020 event.

This year’s Cannes Film Festival is set to begin May 12 and run through May 23. The official lineup is expected to be announced in mid-April. A spokesperson for Cannes says “it is still premature” for any assumptions on how the coronavirus will effect the 2020 Cannes Film Festival. For now, Cannes officials are monitoring the outbreak and working to ensure a safe and healthy festival.

“The Festival de Cannes is monitoring carefully the developments and the latest guidelines provided by the local, national and international authorities regarding the coronavirus, and is in direct link with the Alpes-Maritimes’ administrative office,” the Cannes spokesperson. “As of today, it is still premature to express assumptions on an event scheduled in two months and a half.”

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